John Swanson, editor/associate publisher of Window & Door
Many in the industry have problems with the EPA's lead paint rules.
But I've also heard many argue that if the laws are in the books, they
need to be enforced. WDDA representatives were in Washington
just yesterday making the argument that enforcement of current
regulations need to begin before EPA expands its those requirements
Well, it doesn't mean the EPA doesn't want to move
forward with the addition of lead clearance tests, but enforcement of
current rules has started. The federal agency has filed its first case
against a Maine contractor for not following lead-safe work procedures
on a multifamily housing unit. He reportedly faces a minimum fine of
The case was the result of an anonymous video post on YouTube. When I
read that, I wondered who would do that? A competitor? A disgruntled
employee? I also decided it would be interesting to see how many of you
out there might report such a violation. So, that's our poll question
of the week. And, of course, I'd like to hear from you too. Why would
you be willing to do such a thing? O why not? Is the punishment
too harsh? Should contractors get a warning first? And, now that it's
clear there will be some enforcement, what do you think the impact will
be? Do you expect stepped up enforcement will help those companies that
are following the rules? Post a comment or email me and share your thoughts.
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